Paul Ryan’s whining about President Obama’s broken promise is wrong on several counts

In a post-primary speech in Milwaukee last night, Rep. Paul Ryan said this of President Obama (the clumsy wording is his):

I seem to remember him saying that he was going to be a uniter, not a divider. Frankly this is one and the worst of his broken promises. We do not need a campaigner-in-chief, we need a commander-in-chief. We we need a leader that America deserves.

The presidency is bigger than this. He was supposed to be bigger than this. We need solutions, not excuses. We need a president who takes the lead in not one that spreads the blame. We need someone who appeals to our dreams and aspirations, not to our fears and anxieties. We as Americans deserved to choose what kind of country we want and what kind of people we want to be.

There are several fundamental problems with Ryan’s lament.

First of all, it was George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, who famously promised to be a uniter, not a divider.

More to the point,  however, is that Ryan’s complaint was silly and hypocritical in a broader sense. It was prompted, no doubt, by a speech Obama delivered earlier in the day in which he roundly criticized Ryan’s recent budget proposal and faulted Mitt Romney for supporting it.

Ryan seems to think that he and his fellow Republicans have every right to criticize Obama’s policies and pronouncements in the strongest of terms — and they do, in fact, have that right — but Obama has no right to fight back. Ryan thinks he should be free to knock Obama’s political agenda, but the president should not be free to return the fire. To do so, Ryan avers, is to be a divider, not a uniter.

This guy seems to have studied politics in a nursery school. He thinks it’s undignified of a president to make partisan political remarks in an election year. He says such offenses make the president the “campaigner-in-chief” — egads! — as if an incumbent president has no right to campaign for re-election and no right to fight back against the invective peddled by his opponents.

What a silly little crybaby Paul Ryan is!



  1. So the little man (Ryan) steps on his tongue again. He had to apologize to the Joint Chiefs chairman on Monday for calling the military leaders liars. See here. http://news.yahoo.com/rep-ryan-apologizes-comments-202700173.html

  2. expdoc

    The simple fact of the matter is Obama cannot run on his record. His signature achievement, the health care reform act, is likely to be struck down by the Supreme Court in June. His only choice politically is to attack his opponent(s).

    Mr. Obama’s latest budget was defeated with zero supporting votes. His party controls the Senate and they have been unable to pass a budget during his term. Mr. Ryan and the Republicans just passed a serious budget which aims to address real and serious fiscal issues that face this country.

    As far as Ryan being the little man, what do you think are the odds of Obama agreeing to a live debate with Mr. Ryan on US fiscal and budgetary matters?

    The Wall Street Journal has an excellent editorial on this topic today.


    The list of untrue things that Mr. Obama wants Americans to believe is evidently so long that Mr. Obama associated himself with Republicans, albeit mostly dead Republicans like Lincoln and Eisenhower. For the first time we can recall, Mr. Obama even praised George W. Bush, of all people, because his predecessor created a new entitlement for prescription drugs. He also said Newt Gingrich showed how smart he was when he called Mr. Ryan’s budget “radical” and “right-wing social engineering” last year.

    All of this is a political fable carefully constructed to erase the record of the last three years and blame every current anxiety on a GOP House that has been in office for all of 14 months. The President claims to have “eliminated dozens of programs that weren’t working,” but the savings from these eliminations amount to less than 0.1% of the budget, or less than $100 million.

    Meanwhile, the budget has grown by more than 20% since he has been President. After deficits of $1.412 trillion, $1.293 trillion, and $1.299 trillion over the last three years, and an estimated $1.326 trillion due for 2012, he still claims the deficits are all Mr. Bush’s fault—except for the extra spending on Medicare, which he likes.

    It is especially rich of Mr. Obama to accuse Republicans of breaking last summer’s debt-limit deal—given that even the most sympathetic press accounts that are now emerging make it clear that the President blew up his “big deal” with John Boehner. The House Speaker was prepared to trade higher taxes for mostly notional changes to entitlements, but Mr. Obama thought he could roll him at the last minute for even greater tax increases.

    Now he claims Mr. Ryan’s reforms are “antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility.” But it is more accurate to say that Mr. Obama is the one who is out of step with a bipartisan consensus that entitlement reform is essential to prevent a debt crisis.

  3. dogrescuer

    Did Ryan even pass high school English?

  4. expdoc

    Apparently yes. How about you dogrescuer?


    Born and raised in the community of Janesville, Paul Ryan is a fifth-generation Wisconsin native. Currently serving his 7th term as a Member of Congress, Paul works to address the many important issues affecting Wisconsin residents and serve as an effective advocate for the 1st Congressional District.

    He is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he works to bring fiscal discipline and accountability to the federal government. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Social Security, health care and trade laws.

    Paul has put forward a specific plan to tackle our looming fiscal crisis, driven by the explosion of entitlement spending. “The Path to Prosperity” helps spur job creation today, stops spending money the government doesn’t have, and lifts the crushing burden of debt. This plan puts the budget on the path to balance and the economy on the path to prosperity.

    Paul is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville and earned a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio.

    Paul and his wife Janna live in Janesville with their children, daughter Liza and sons Charlie and Sam. The youngest of four children, Paul is the son of Paul Sr. (deceased) and Betty Ryan. He is a member of St. John Vianney’s Parish.

  5. Doc, you forgot to tell us that the little man (Paul Ryan) also drove the Weinermobile. I wonder if he puts that on his resume?

    He collected Social Security until he was 18.

    He voted for the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Expansion.

    He voted for T.A.R.P.

    And he voted for the GM and Chrysler bailout.

    Just thought you would like all of us to know the real little man.

  6. expdoc

    Hey Tex,

    Are you implying that Ryan did something wrong in any of your “accusations”?

    His father died when he was a teenager, so yep he collected social security. I expect he plans to collect Medicare too. That’s why he wants to save it.

    FYI- The Weinermobile job is definitely something to be proud of. Those jobs are highly competitive marketing positions that college kids fight over every year. Come on up to the State Fair in Wisconsin and you can get a Weinermobile key chain whistle, a 25 cent glass of flavored milk from Senator Kohl and watch the pigs race.

  7. expdoc says Paul Ryan “wants to save” Medicare.

    That reminds me of the infamous remark made by a U.S. Army major in Vietnam who said a certain village had be destroyed “to save it.”

  8. expdoc

    Oh you mean “Medicare as we know it”?

    Right, that is already headed right of the cliff.

    I know crusty, old liberals like you don’t care (or can’t figure out how to do the math), but young folks like myself hope that Medicare is there for us in 25 years too.

    But don’t worry Pat, even if Ryan’s plan were to pass it doesn’t effect you or your benefits.

  9. Yeah, sure, doc. Good luck with those Ryan vouchers. And good luck with that voucher scheme going over with American voters.

  10. expdoc

    Well when the Democrats propose a plan to save “Medicare as we know it” get back to me.

  11. Romney-Ryan: Because We Like Rich White People

  12. Ah, so clever Jim.

    I bet that’s the kind of slogan that Greek politicians used over the last couple of decades, don’t ya think?

  13. Neftali

    Jim must not like

    Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) $35.2 million
    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), $167.55 million
    Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), $112.13 million
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), $80.45 million
    Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), $72.37 million
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), $48.79 million
    Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.). $71 million
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), $42.94 million
    Rep. Harry Teague (D-N.M.), $40.63 million


    “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” , Right Jim?

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